Photographing The Old Boys Of Fethiye

In this, the last of our photography features of our winter home town, we feature the ‘Old Boys Of Fethiye’. This little project happened by accident. I was just cycling around, minding my own business, when I came across this cafe full of old boys. When I asked the waiter if it was ok to take some snaps of the old men playing board games he said not only was this ok, but it was expected. Boy could these guys pull some poses! Possibly my fave photography project to date.

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Sailing: A Panic-ridden, Land-lubber’s Experience

Some of our readers have never been sailing before, whilst others have been cruising for so long they’ve forgotten what it was like the first time the sails catch the wind and that boat heels over to an unnervingly impossible angle.

So what’s it like to go sailing for the first time? And what’s it like to go sailing in a country many thousands of miles from the comfort of your home when you are afflicted with panic attacks, a phobia of flying and sea sickness?

We continue our features on Fethiye: littered with great photographs our guest blogger, Tim, offers you a truly honest and philosophical account of a land-lubber’s impressions of sailing, Fethiye and the effects of Diazepam.

Experience the panic setting in here:

http://www.followtheboat.com/index.php/2009/04/14/more-than-an-experience-a-conquest/

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Shopping, Eating & Working In Fethiye

Fethiye is very definitely a ‘working’ town, despite its attraction for both tourists and yotties alike. There is an abundance of restaurants and cafes if you’re just wanting to relax or dine out. If you’re working on your boat or your house then you are spoiled for choice when it comes to shops, suppliers and repairs.

I’ve tried to capture this sense of work with a little photography project I’ve titled ‘Fethiye At Work’.

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Shopping In Turkey: Tips & Observations

In this feature we take a light-hearted look at shopping in Turkey. We examine the customs, the expectations and the heartache. Somewhere in the article are a few tips, but don’t take it too seriously.

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Sun Awning Design For A Boat

This article explains briefly how our Sunbrella sun awning works for our ketch rigged boat. Whilst it may not provide a complete solution for other boats we are publishing this article in the hope that it assists other boat owners in designing their own awning.

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Raving About Our Rocna

In the next few articles we’ll be featuring some photographs, video clips, maps and personal experiences of our current home Fethiye, offering something for all our friends and family to enjoy. This article, however, is very definitely for the serious liveaboard: visit any online sailing forum and there is one subject that will rouse more furious debate than any other subject known to man, beast or Poseidon: anchors. The simple anchor is the one thing on our boat we need to trust more than anything else (except perhaps our vessel’s ability to keep water out) so it is little wonder grown men pull each others’ hair out when arguing which anchor is best.

We had a bit of cash to spend on an anchor last year and, after pulling some hair, we opted for a new generation Rocna. We promised its designer, Peter Smith, to return an unambiguous account of our experience with his design. He said explicitly “be honest”. You know us, Peter, a spade’s a spade…

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